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the maintenance of a communication with
the Gulf of Mexico. Pearls might be found
there. If wheat will not grow at the lower
part of the river, the upper country would
furnish it; and the islands might be supplied
with everything they need, such as
planks, vegetables, grain and salt beef. If
I had not been hurried in making this narrative
I should have stated many circumstances
which would have gratified the
reader, but the loss of my notes during my
travels is the reason why this relation is
not such as I could have wished.
HENRY DE TONTY.
PETITION 7 OF THE CHEVALIER DE TONTY TO
THE COUNT DE PONTCHARTRAIN, MINISTER
HENRY DE TONTY humbly represents to
your Highness that he entered the army as
a cadet, and was employed in that capacity
in the years 1668 and I669; and that he
afterwards served as a garde marine four
years, at Marseilles and Toulon, and made
seven campaigns, that is, four on board
ships of war and three in the galleys. While
'This petition is without date, but was probably
written about the year I690. [Cf. Sparks,
Amer. Biog., 2d Ser., I., 203, note.]
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